Thursday, May 31, 2007

Monday, April 2, 2007

Scarf, habotai, 8mm, 15 x 45', 30 x 120cm


Scarf, jacauard, 14mm, 12 x 72', 30 x 180cm


Scarf, crepe de chine, 14mm, 12 x 60', 30 x 150cm


Scarf, crepe de chine, 14mm, 15 x 72', 40 x 180cm


Scarf, crepe de chine, 14mm, 12 x 60', 30 x 150cm


Scarf, crepe de chine, 14mm, 12 x 60', 30 x 150cm


Scarf, crepe de chine, 14mm, 8 x 60', 20 x 150cm


Two scarves, purplish and greenish


Scarf with ceramic painting

Chiffon, 8mm, 15 x 72' or 40 x 180cm

Exercise, scarf, folded


Exercise, scarf

Chiffon, 8mm, 22 x 22' or 55 x 55cm

Exercise, abstract

Crepe de chine, 14mm, 9 x 9' or 22 x 22cm
Put colour in, let nature do the trick.

Exercise of landscape

Crepe de chine, 14mm, 9 x 9' or 22 x 22cm

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Mounting silk 2, finished piece

Put the mounted silk in. Here it is.

To protect the silk, put it behind glass or non-reflecting something. I did not put glass here because I was taking photo with flash in night (1:30am).

The frame was a very inexpensive one. You may choose a better one with matting.

This piece of silk was a special. It was painted on September 1, 2005. Technically, it was the beginning stage of a new style of my silk painting. I started to use colour blending in my painting.

I started the big leaf with green, then the small leaves green also, then I found that this painting needed nothing but green. How boring! To differentiate the leaves, I put yellow in some leaves, water in some others and blue in the rest. Then the whole painting stood up. I could see the young tender leaf vs the old broken ones. I also saw the layer and distance of the leaves. At the end I put some cyan here and some royal blue there as background. It came out pretty dark as it was still wet.

Half an hour later, I checked it again. The yellow in the green brightened up and the blue darkened down. It was such a mysterious secenery that I could never imagine! The joy was beyond ... words.

Mounting silk 1, tape the hankie to a card board

Attach the silk tightly to a piece of white card board with strong tape. Here I used 3M Scotch Crystal Clear Tape.

Here, I have a frame of 25cm x 25cm. (10 x 10 inch). The silk hankie has to be mounted tightly and taped strongly so that the front side look flat and sleek.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Colouring silk 10, finish the painting

This is a finished piece.

I took this phote under sunshine. It was almost the true colour as it is.

As you can see, the colour was not totally dried. The whole process of painting this piece of silk took 15 minutes.

Ususally, I provide students with the outlined silk for exercise. I do not do colour chart exercise. I let people play around with colour on the pre-outlined silk.

After this resultful colouring exercise, students go to the second stage of silk painting - gutta serti technique.

If you are interested in getting a piece of pre outlined silk, write me an email. Thank you.
yanghaiying@yahoo.com

Colouring silk 9, correct mistake

I often have some Q tip handy to correct mistakes if any.

Here, the Q tip absorbed the excess background dye which might eventually go into the green leaf.

Colouring silk 8, paint the background

I applied a lot of water and very light diluted dye to colour the background. I would like to background compromise the strong colour of the flower.

Colouring silk 7, colour the whole flower


Colouring silk 6, wash other painted petals

In this way, I washed all the petals. The colour trasition was not even yet. A few minutes later, when the dye dried up, it would change.

I could not predict how extactly it would look like. However, everything was happening as I planned. This was a relatively controled piece.

Being a teacher, I usually do demo of the technique that I know. (Boring, isn't it? I don't want to lose face in front of people.)

Colouring silk 5, wash the painted petal

This time, I used a brush with water only (no colour) , to go over the painted petal. The dark purple was not fixed. It flew with the water and created a natural transition between dark purple and white. The longer you wash with your water brush, the less the difference between the two colours.

Colouring silk 4, painting dark purple on the petal

Use dry brush so the colour does not run freely. I want to
leave some dry white area to show the colour change in the petal.

Colouring silk 3, first brush of colour

I'm feeling purple today. I applied some purple dye left over from month ago and painted my first strokes along the edge of the flower petal.

The purple has been there long. It is extra intense colour.

Colouring silk 2, strech silk hankie with pushpin


Colouring silk 1, preparing the box

This is a fruit box. I cover the edge with masking tape to later reuse.

Start silk painting 4, painting on kitchen countertop


This was how I worked in winter, before I put a big table in our garage. I covered the kitchen counter top with newspaper, and stretch my silk onto fruit box. It worked effectively well. I never had enough reason to buy a frame.

Start silk painting 3, applying colour

This piece was done at Forestville shopping village in Sydney north shores. I was doing a silk painting demo in the street. People were surprised to see how simple and quick it could be finished. I worked on it about 10 minutes. The rest was done by the sun. It dried the silk beautifully and naturally. I didn't expect it came out such a bright colour.

Start silk painting 2, outlining with gutta serti

Outline your sketch with gutta serti on silk. gutta, (Frehch, a drop), serti (French, enclosure). Gutta serti means a liquid that outlines an enclosure so that the colour will stay within the boundary defined by the gutta.

Start silk painting 1, sketching

Measure the size of your silk.

Using a dark pen or pencil to draw a sketch of what you want to paint. This does not need to be accurate. Free hand gives it a more lively feeling.

Try to avoid to much fine details and fine lines. They are not easy for your next step - outline with gutta serti.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Silk chiffon scarves

This is a cluster of 4 pieces of chiffon scarves.

This light and trasparent chiffon silk is particularly good for the bright
Australian sunshine.

Scarf Casablanca


Silk chiffon scarf, 15 x 72inch, or 38 x220cm
This scarf was made before I attended our school annual gala, the theme was Casablanca. I designed this mosaic style background, arch gate, desert moon and evergreen wild flower.

My new home in Australia



Silk painting, framed 29cm x 29cm or 11 x 11inch

This piece of silk was finished at the "Meet the Artist" event with a group of enthusiastic friends watching over my shoulder. The artistic expression of the Stewart Family gives this work a brand new dimension.

I would like, with great honour, to dedicate this piece of work to Artique Café of Killarney Heights.

May this loving moment be our sweet memory.


Once in a blue moon

Silk painting, framed, 9 x 9 inch, or 25cm x 25cm.

I started this piece of work two years ago when I was in California. I drew the outline with gutta serti and painted with colour. For some reason, I couldn't find the feeling so I put it aside.

Living in Sydney with bright Australian sunshine everyday, I came to miss the cool snow in the other continents where I used to live. In a burning hot afternoon, I dipped my brush in the mysterious purple and serene blue. There it came - Once in a blue moon.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

My children did silk painting


My children Manuel (6 at that time) and Leo (3 then) did a piece of silk painting.

I first outlined a lotus flower with silver gutta. Then I pinned this hankie scarf (9 x 9inch or 25 x 25cm) to a paper carton. Voila, boys played around with colours.
It took 10 minutes for them to finish the painting. However, preparing and cleaning their hands took me the heck of time.